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Posts posted by tonyXIII

  1. 12 hours ago, Maximus Decimus said:

    I've got my first interview in a few years on Tuesday.

    For those unfamiliar with teaching, it is quite an odd process compared to other jobs. If you want to move jobs, there is basically a 2 month window where you can get sorted and in reality this is more like a few weeks around the start of May. The vast majority of positions close in the first two weeks of May, and interview the week after. This is because the notice period is one term: if I want a new school for September my notice needs to be in by the end of May. 

    If you don't get it, then you stay in your job for another academic year and almost certainly don't think about moving until next April. In a situation where most people at your school know you've interviewed, this can be quite uncomfortable if you end up not moving.

    Then the process itself is very gruelling. After a lengthy application process involving a 2 page personal statement tailored to each school, they always watch you teach a random lesson to a random class, and then you go through an interview like any other. In this instance I also have a presentation to do. I will be spending all weekend and Monday prepping for it and that doesn't feel like enough time.

    I went through the process a few years ago for John Lennon's old school and didn't get it. That was the first time I'd ever gone through it and not got it, and I genuinely think that's why I haven't applied again until now. 

    I'll suck it up and do it, and come Tuesday I can breathe again. You never know I might even get it! 

    Good luck, MD.

    I don't envy you.

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  2. 43 minutes ago, Bleep1673 said:

    Thats the problem with Crete, lack of rainfall, thats why the diet is so limited, and they have to ship over any protein.

    We don't need to ship it over. It comes by the plane-load. The only problem is that smell of coconut on its skin. Once it's on the grill, though, you barely notice it.


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  3. "The moving finger writes and, having writ,

    Moves on; nor all thy piety nor wit

    Shall lure it back to cancel half a line,

    Nor all thy tears wash out a word of it."


    "Oh thou who man of baser earth didst make

    And who, with Eden didst devise the snake,

    For all the sins wherewith the face of man is blackened,

    Man's forgiveness give; and take."

    Both verses from Fitzgerald's rendering of The Rubaiyyat of Omar Khayyam.

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  4. 11 hours ago, Adelaide Tiger said:

    Damn you Wiltshire Rhino!  I was reading this thread and was going to post the same response.  Although my other response was going to be ‘The lucky sods have been drawn against the company that used to rent out Tellys’.

    Looks  like I will have to get up earlier next time to beat you 😄😄

    I wonder if Gerald Sinstadt will be doing the commentary?

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  5. I don't often post on the football thread, but I shall make an exception now. Many of you know that I am a long time fan of Manchester City (though nowadays I much prefer TGG), and I am heartily sick of all the media speculation about a 'quadruple'. STFU! All any of this does is set us up for a fall. If and when City do win the quadruple, then you can fill your papers and pundit shows with any amount of reporting.

    Rant over.

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  6. 2 hours ago, Bleep1673 said:

    Go on then, given your antipathy towards me I will do it...

    I don't care about the I don't care thread.

    I expect loads of abuse, but, guess what?

    I Don't Care.

    Here you go, bleep. Which is worse, to suffer loads of abuse or to be completely ignored and suffer none at all?

    And I don't care either.

    Cheer up, pal.

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  7. 1 hour ago, Shadow said:

    We've been through this.

    It's, Glass, Water and Glad pronounced Glahsse, Wawter and Glad. All different pronunciations of the same letter, tricky but not impossible. 

    And another thing

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    You really should have thumped Farage (pronounced Farridge) when you had the chance. His influence on you has been toxic.

    Edit to add a smiley. 😆

  8. 3 hours ago, graveyard johnny said:

    not really- it says you bought a log cabin and the pic shows a pile of logs which could mean an array of things such as the cabin came assembled and collapsed or that is how the assembled log cabin was delivered- wording and timing means everything in comedy as the great Benny Hill would tell you if he was still here 

    I bet you're a riot at parties, aren't you? 😉

  9. 2 hours ago, Sir Kevin Sinfield said:

    Grow up? This is a rugby league forum, on it people give their opinions on rugby league. My opinion is Salford, the team that finished 3rd from bottom last season, lack depth in their forwards and will be near the bottom again fighting relegation this year. If anyone can’t handle that opinion it’d be fair to label them a snowflake.

    From one "snowflake" to another, "Enjoy your evening."

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  10. 3 hours ago, Ullman said:

    Sad news, Nantucket Sleighride is still one of my favourite albums and something of an overlooked classic.

    Sad news indeed. I saw Mountain live at Sheffield uni in early (Feb?) 1972. Absolutely brilliant and their live version of Nantucket Sleighride is still one of my favourite tracks ever.

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